I am blogging this Advent from #decolonizelutheranism’s Advent devotional, Shut Up. (That would be the sanitized version)
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions. (Hebrews 1:9 ESV)
I wish this was about me.
Honestly, I wish this was about you.
But it isn’t.
Hebrews says that God speak this of the Son, the Son through whom the world was spoken into being. The Son. And not us.
Who are the companions of the Son? The Angels, about whom this bit of Hebrews also has much to say? Maybe. But I don’t think so.
Those companions are us, the people the Son is made like us in every respect, the one for whom the Son suffered, so that we may be saved. He is anointed, and because of the we are anointed.
So, yeah, I suppose this is about me. And you too.
We have been made holy and righteous in our calling. And our redeeming.
But remember, the righteousness here is not ours. The hating of wickedness here is not ours. They belong to the Son, and he has shared them with us. We have not done this work, we have not been this righteous. We have not earned this oil which drips down our faces and the backs of our necks. Our holiness and our sanctity and our gladness, our joy, are gifts, unearned and undeserved.
I will put my trust in him.